Hearing the stories of the students of the Bible School is a great encouragement and often a challenge. Here is Amir’s story followed by Snezana’s – we will send more over the next week…
I’m from a Muslim Romany background – my home town is Bosnia. I heard about Jesus in 2005 when my middle brother – who had heard about Jesus through his wife – sent me on a camp. The camp was by a lake and there I heard good teaching – I was really impressed too by the way that I heard people worshipping. On the last night of that camp, they asked, “Who wants to trust Jesus to be their Saviour?” I said that I did.
Four months later I was baptised and two days after that, my oldest brother died of a heart attack. I found this a great challenge to my faith but I have learned to trust Him through those hard times and the good times. I am here at the Bible School to study God’s Word – I am enjoying getting to know others here. I want to be open for God to use me as He chooses.
I am 19 years old. When I was 3, my father became very ill. When I reached 6 years old, it became clear that he had cancer. Half of my extended family are followers of Jesus Christ and they wanted to pray for my dad and because of their caring concern, my mum started to go to church. Near the end of his life, my father was declared clinically dead and my mother prayed that he would live just a little longer so she could prepare for him to go. One month later, he died. But in this time he too had trusted Jesus.
My mother looked after me. When I reached 12 years old, I was on a camp, I dreamed about my father. I also sensed God’s preparedness to complete and fill me. I gave my life to Him on this camp and was baptised shortly afterwards.
I pray that with this that life God has given me, I would serve God and be a blessing to others. I particularly love to work with children.
Two years ago, I came to the Bible School to help to look after children during a conference. I was so impressed by what I saw that I began to pray that I would be able to one day come to study here. Almost all of my church is praying for me as I study here and I feel that it’s definitely God’s will that I am here. It’s been a great blessing so far.
One of the Bible School team, Marijana, taught me when I was 7 years old on a Christian camp. It is great to be now in the Bible School with her involved in the team.
Last week was the 12th anniversary of my father’s death, I pray for God to take away my brokenness and to have that sense that God is my father. I have a great peace that I will meet my earthly father again one day with Jesus.
As I look at the future and the mission fields of my town on the Croatian border, I am greatly encouraged by this verse
“Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”